KaBOOM! – Build Day at Verde Gardens

The dreams of hundreds of formerly homeless children living in South Miami-Dade County have finally come true as a brand new playground they designed rose from the ground at Verde Gardens, an affordable housing community in Homestead, Florida. The playground project – funded by a partnership between Carrfour Supportive Housing, the John S. James L. Knight Foundation, and organizers from KaBOOM! – was launched months earlier, when the community’s children were asked to put crayon to paper to draw their “dream” playground.

On Saturday, March 23, 2013, their dreams ultimately became a reality as hundreds of volunteers gathered at the Verde Gardens community to build a new playground from scratch in less than eight hours, with its design incorporating several elements from the children’s original drawings.